Mr John Robb > Essex Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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John has a broad commercial law practice. He specialises in shipping, banking and finance and civil fraud, and is developing a practice in judicial review and public law. John is ranked by The Legal 500 UK as a leading junior for shipping law, and was listed in 2018 as one of the top ten juniors under eight years’ call for commercial litigation.

John frequently acts as sole counsel, and has lectured and taught on advocacy. He has acted as junior counsel in heavy cases such as Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton and Tchenguiz v Serious Fraud Office, and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and (as a junior) in the Privy Council. He has considerable experience of interlocutory and procedural law, including freezing injunctions, jurisdiction disputes and disclosure-related applications.


Publications of note

  • Co-author of the next (8th) edition of Andrews & Millett on Guarantees.
  • Contributing author, with Richard Millett QC, of the Guarantee and Indemnity title of Atkin’s Court Forms (2015 issue).
  • Co‑author of articles on Charterparties and Bills of Lading for Westlaw Insight, together with Sir Bernard Eder.


Called to the Bar: 2011 (Inner Temple); 

Pupillage: 2011-2012 (Essex Court Chambers); 

Tenancy: 2012 (Essex Court Chambers)




BA (Law and Classics), First Class, University of Cambridge (2008, King’s College); 

BCL (Law), Distinction, University of Oxford (2009, Exeter College)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

John RobbEssex Court Chambers ‘A powerhouse of an advocate.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

John RobbEssex Court Chambers ‘John is incredibly hard working and always available. He is fiercely intelligent and is able to deliver perfectly reasoned and strategic advice quickly. His commerciality and understanding of what is important to his clients is excellent.’